5/28/18, by James Mosher,
Over the past week, I have been working toward the completion of one of the many chores on my wife’s to-do list: ridding our house of all the clutter that has been amassed over the years. We have moved around more than most. The Navy made nomads of us during our first few years together. As a result, some things remain packaged — merely transferred from one house to another. Some of the boxes have not been opened in almost two decades.
Where has the time gone?
Through the process, I have rediscovered pictures, letters, birthday cards, books, cassette tapes, CDs, school work, records of former employment, tiny shoes from when my kids were much younger, and other items I had long since forgotten. It is funny how quickly the mind can be jogged. Simple things can evoke countless memories and a roller coaster ride of emotions.
There are many stories to be told for sure, and I am aware, as a husband and father, that it is my responsibility to tell them; if I fail to do so, the events of our family’s history could be lost.
The same goes for our nation’s past and hence the importance of Memorial Day.
If we don’t seize the initiative and honor the responsibility of passing down the significance of major events to posterity, who will tell them? The void most likely will be filled by some progressive social justice warrior with an ax to grind. If you doubt me, take the time to examine what is being done with modern curriculum.
Revisionist historians — who have a hatred for the ideals upon which this great nation is founded — are working overtime to alter the past. It is a purposeful ploy to greatly influence the present and the future. They are picking the winners and the losers. Their conclusions are fuel for the progressive agenda.
The scriptures attest that “where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained but happy is he who keeps the law.” (Proverbs 29:18)
In recent history, we have witnessed the Left’s assiduous assault on the fabric of our nation’s heritage. A few examples come to mind:
- President Obama’s “fundamental transformation” involved the bludgeoning of the U.S. Constitution and the blatant disregard of God’s law.
- Jason Collins, a washed-up NBA player, and homosexual, was lauded as a hero for coming out of the closet. Meanwhile, President Obama refused to acknowledge a real American hero, Chris Kyle — a decorated SEAL sniper who was murdered by a Marine he was trying to help. Kyle left behind a wife and two children.
- The Obama White House covered in gay pride colors to demonstrate solidarity with homosexual activists after the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.
- The push to ignore Christopher Columbus’ contribution to history and to instead honor Native Americans with “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”
- The war on symbols of the Confederacy.
- Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players who have taken a knee during the national anthem in protest of social injustice.
- Progressive activists on the warpath over usage of Native American mascots.
This counternarrative must be checked if freedom is to flourish.
There are amazing stories to be told of heroic deeds, of human perseverance, and of characters who have accomplished great things. Yes, there have been dark, painful times in our nation’s history that perhaps we might like to forget. This is true for most families and is certainly the case with every civilization known to man. Instead of obscuring, or obliterating unpleasant events, we should address them.
Jesus promises the truth will liberate. In order to promote healing and to facilitate learning, we must embrace truth. It is the only remedy. This is how character is forged.
Significant injuries produce scars that help to reinforce learning and provide object lessons for posterity. I remember hearing of my dad’s minibike accident various times when I was a kid. The lesson would often be retold in the summertime when shorts revealed the hellacious scar on his knee. Close inspection of the disfigurement served to reinforce the importance of paying attention to detail: a lesson that he taught well.
Saturday morning, as my sons and I walked through the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, we stopped at several gravesites of men who had fought in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. I couldn’t help but contemplate their lives and wonder about the ultimate significance of mine.
What kind of husbands were they? Were they good fathers? What did they make of their lives? And how about their wives (women were buried beside their husbands at the sites we took special note of)? What did they accomplish in this life? And what of the numerous relationships severed by death?
Volumes could be written about their stories for sure.
I am reminded of a sermon that I heard years ago by Dr. Bob Morey regarding human influence. Every one of us will make an impact in this life. There will be positive and negative ramifications for human behavior. Some things will have a major impact and others will be small. In the sermon, Morey used a metaphor that compared human influence to rocks that have been skipped across a placid lake. Those of us who have taken the time to bounce stones off of the water know of the ripples they make long after sinking out of sight.
Today, I thank God once again for freedom. The life that we enjoy has been preserved because of the sacrifice of so many others. These lives, most of them now long gone, are still making an impact on ours.
Thanks especially to Don Simoneau, his wife, the Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corp, Patrick Linehan, and all the volunteers who helped plant flags and place flowers at the gravesites of veterans. Mr. Simoneau expressed Saturday that many of these heroes no longer have living family members to honor them.
Thank you for remembering and for ensuring that others do the same.
Happy Memorial Day!
James Mosher is a husband, father, veteran and patriot who appreciates the cost of freedom. He sees the storm clouds on the horizon and writes so that others may be prepared.
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